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Thursday, August 21, 2014

You'll love watching this gal who chose to DANCE at her 90th birthday party! emoticon

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LUCYCAN7 8/21/2014 11:19AM

  Totally AMAZING !!!She looks great for her age!Thanks so much for sharing
Joy,hope you have your dancing shoes on Joy!Have a very moving day!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    She is amazing. Makes me ashamed to be complaining of aches and pains at my age. She should inspire us all to do more.

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NEW-CAZ 8/21/2014 10:16AM

    She looks amazing, 90 is the NEW 60!!!
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Thanks Joy!

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TERI-RIFIC 8/21/2014 9:43AM

    Loved watching it! I loved her cute outfit, too. She is really fit!! And what a fun way to stay in shape. emoticon

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GABY1948 8/21/2014 9:16AM

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ADIRONDACKMOM 8/21/2014 9:02AM

    AWESOME-- I think I will take dancing lessons!


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I Live In A Weather Station

Monday, August 18, 2014

I was interested recently in a friends comment on their weather station that was peaking the neighbor's interest. So she shared: r-usb-wireless-touchscreen -weather-forecaster-n96fy

I enjoyed seeing it immensely; it made me smile. Far too much technology for me; but it got me thinking about MY weather monitors!

My lawn tells me when we need rain.

Xena will come in damp from a light rain.

On a really good day; I'll be blessed with a rainbow after the rain.

Sugar is my STORM forcaster! This means a storm is coming:

And, it's still 30-50 miles away!

She'll wait.

And act like a drawbridge if I need to pass. She's such a good girl!!

Let's not forget sunny and calm.

Then there's wind. My sun catcher just twirls in a breeze, is still if it's calm, but it's quite heavy and if it's not vertical; there's a wind----and Sugar's probably back in the stairwell!

We've had a great summer and fall will be beautiful. But you know it's coming.


I love my weather station! I'll leave the tech to my grandkids.

Smiles, Joy

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_JODI404 8/20/2014 5:57PM

    Fun blog! I like your forecasters!! So cute!

It seems like the predictions are so often wrong anyhow. It gets to the point where I often carry an umbrella if going out in the afternoon. I've been caught by too many pop up downpours to take any chances of getting super soaked.

emoticon wishing you sunny skies! I hear it's going to be a scorcher this weekend. The dog days of summer. ;)

emoticon poor scaredy baby Sugar!!

emoticon super princess warrior, Xena!

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LUCYCAN7 8/19/2014 2:11PM

  Animals do have a strong sense to severe weather.Love your photos.
Thanks for sharing Have a Happy Tuesday. emoticon emoticon

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ANNIE1114 8/19/2014 1:41PM

  Love, your two furry kids!

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NANHBH 8/19/2014 1:31PM

    Those are awesome photos, Joy! Sugar is just adorable. How do you stop from hugging her all the time? I particularly like the "sunny and calm" photo. Great shot!

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RAINBOWMF 8/19/2014 10:38AM

    Loved the pictures, you brighten my day.

You have a wonderful weather station.

I am not looking forward to the snow but there is no stopping it.

Hugs Mary

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    Haha... love it! I always love your photos. Poor Sugar. We have an old dog that is scared of storms too. She is an outdoor dog but we know rain/thunder is coming if she is staring at us through the front door! We let her come in each time.

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MOSTMOM1 8/19/2014 9:18AM

    I prefer your weather station to green screens and Doppler radar; it's friendlier. I was thinking about Sugar's boots yesterday and wondering if Bubba would tolerate some. I'm guessing the answer is "no," but I wonder if I should try.

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HEALTHY4ME 8/19/2014 9:03AM

    So cute, and oh I so don't want to see the last picture!!!!

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GABY1948 8/19/2014 7:35AM

    That's the same weather forecaster I have....well, had...right down to Sugar....mine was Taffy and we knew it was going to storm WAY before there was even a cloud overhead.

CUTE blog! And emoticon pics!


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TERI-RIFIC 8/19/2014 6:00AM

    Really clever and I love the pictures. emoticon emoticon Also I think your weather predictors are better than accuweather!

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SUSIEPH1 8/19/2014 4:56AM

    How delightful Joy .. Loved your photos .. Such a lovely visit to your page xxx
Hugs and Love Susie xx.
Bobby sends doggie kisses to Xena and Sugar ..Bear too, if he is still with you.
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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2014 2:54AM

    Wonderful Joy! emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 8/19/2014 2:44AM

    What a lovely blog to start my day, Caz had got me thinking about the weather too. Intrigued by the technology and now at an every day price. I give up on any advance prediction and go with you on the animal and garden signs. Merlin came in wet so I knew it was raining before I got out of bed :) but now both boys out lying on the decking so I know the sun is warming things up. Have a lovely day what ever the weather
Anne x

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MRS.DOYLE 8/19/2014 1:19AM

    My stairs are also a cat refuge during thunder and lightning. I think it's because they are in the centre of the house and as far away as they can get from the windows!

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MELYROD18 8/19/2014 12:59AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures.

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MCFITZ2 8/19/2014 12:23AM

    You have cover most of the basics. emoticon emoticon

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If you make it fun, it isn't a WORK OUT! ;)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By any other name, it's still burning calories. Check out this dancing diva!

My hat is off to anyone who can make the treadmill at the gym fun!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/18/2014 12:20PM

    Wow! That was amazing. Some of her "moves" would be considered complex even on the floor! I would totally fall on my face (with style, of course).


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_JODI404 8/15/2014 9:21PM

    WOW!!! That is amazing!! She makes it look so effortless!! It's like she's skating gracefully on ice. So smooth.

I couldn't even do that on hardwood floors, much less a treadmill! Lots of respect for that effort and skills!!

FUN is what it is all about!! Hooping is best for me, and my knees. Hoping to try yoga soon! A new studio just opened right in my neighborhood, with great specials to encourage trying them out. Hubby said he would go to. I've always felt it wouldn't be for me due to my knees. I talked to the owner and she said there is always a modification. It's worth a try! You won't know unless you try!

Hope you are enjoying summer. Had to check the calendar for something at work and could not believe how close Labor Day is already!! Time is just flying by!

emoticon Thanks for always being a ray of sunshine here!

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    She has such flow and grace too! Loved it. And loved that her injury was actually the catalyst for her cool moves. Talk about not letting something stop you!

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TERI-RIFIC 8/13/2014 8:00AM

    Darn! I want to see this. I have to wait for wifi.

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SUSIEPH1 8/13/2014 7:04AM

    She is just awesome! .. Thanks for posting Joy ..
Hugs Susie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 8/13/2014 3:08AM

    Brilliant. She could start a new trend.

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NEW-CAZ 8/13/2014 2:47AM

    such grace Joy, amazing and she was SO enjoying it.
I'd be falling off every 5 seconds if I tried LOL

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NANHBH 8/12/2014 11:37PM

    That's awesome, Joy! I would be flat on my face if I tried that!

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MOSTMOM1 8/12/2014 7:27PM

    I. Would. Fall. Off. Good for her. Way to make it fun and beautiful at the same time.

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    Joy, that is pretty amazing. I have trouble just walking on the ground. She obviously is very coordinated. Thanks for sharing.

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RAINBOWMF 8/12/2014 6:17PM

    checking it out thank you


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GABY1948 8/12/2014 6:08PM

    OH WOW! WAY cool! She makes it look so easy! I am too uncoordinated to do anything close to that! emoticon for sharing! It's a WINNER!

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It's Never Too Late!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I find it inspiring when I see stories of "Elders" jumping on the fitness wagon. This episode from TODAY was one of those:


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MOSTMOM1 8/11/2014 9:56PM

    That's fantastic!

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_JODI404 8/10/2014 10:00PM

    Thanks for sharing Joy -- emoticon !!!


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NANHBH 8/10/2014 9:29PM

    You gotta love those seniors!

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ANNIE1114 8/10/2014 9:22PM

  Just goes to show that we can exercise at any age and see results. Thanks for sharing, Joy.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/10/2014 7:39PM

    Loved it. Loved it for the seniors and loved it for that guy who sees their value and potential and helps them bring out their best! emoticon

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LUCYCAN7 8/10/2014 7:13PM

  emoticon VIDEO JOY,THANKS FOR SHARING. emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 8/10/2014 3:51PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing this!

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SUSIEPH1 8/10/2014 12:32PM

    I can relate!. That was emoticon. Thanks Joy.. Hugs and Love to you ..Cuddles for Sugar,Xena and Bear ...
Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Joy, That was great. Thanks for sharing it. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/10/2014 11:13AM

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RAINBOWMF 8/10/2014 10:42AM

    emoticon thanks that was great.


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RAINBOWMF 8/10/2014 10:38AM

    emoticon I will check it out.


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TAH DAH!! The Laundry Remodel Is Done!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Lest you forgot, I put the "before" laundry area on my wall and in my gallery. Or, you could back up now to the 7/27 blog on the project or the 7/31 blog on just the table; fun!

It's important to remember ths is not a laundry ROOM. It's a garage!

I drive in and out almost daily, parking there. So, I need room to exit the car

and to unload my groceries among other things.

Which is much easier now with my handy renewed laundry/patio serving (it's easily moved outside) table. Everything we've done at the floor level is movable --- a new vehicle could require adjustments. Not any time soon. :)

View from where my car sits:

The appliances and cabinets are in place and level. NO extension cords!!

emoticon The laundry area is done!


It even has a carpet runner on the floor. I love the "flow" of clothes from the dryer to the cabinet for folding and to the table once folded; ready to put away.

The table is in place.

I added removable slats on the bottom to hold a laundry basket (or yoga bag to go!). The top is handy for folded clothes or unloading groceries from my car. (This top is not finished, see table blog for a close up.)

I AM SO PLEASED! emoticon

DS said "Let's do the rest of the garage!" emoticon

We started this morning.

Most of my sewing/craft area at the back of the garage is moved to the center. This area first, then the long storage wall the length of the garage. Trust me, it's not blog material. Just cleaning/painting/organizing and you're right back where you started emoticon ; but brighter! emoticon I'm painting the shelves on the ladder.

The fun part is working with DS!

Paint is dry. Time to put a second coat on the sewing area shelves. Would you believe I'm tired? :)

Thanks for the visit! Joy

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    I love the fact that you thought ahead to make the pieces movable in case of future needs. I would've never thought to make such a nice little laundry room in the garage. That's a wonderful use of the space!
As for the rest of the garage, a good coat of light-colored paint does wonders. It's so nice your DS is helping!
I'll have to go back through your blog to get caught up.
~ t.

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/10/2014 1:54AM

    You make me relise that I should have photographed my proceedings with my livingroom... I will have to study your pictures for a while to understand how it all worked but I really love all the thought you put in to it. - you are my kind of woman!

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REDHATSHAPELY1 8/7/2014 8:57AM

    Joy, Your new laundry area is amazing! And you are lucky to have DS to help you make it happen. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/4/2014 12:10PM

    Love it! I just re-did my laundry room too.


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IMEMINE1 8/4/2014 7:35AM

    emoticon emoticon Looks a lot brighter and user friendly.

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NANHBH 8/3/2014 7:59PM

    WOW, Joy,

What a transformation! It amazes me how creative and handy you are. Love it that your son wants to keep going on the garage.

I'm even more amazed that you can have a laundry room in the garage. In Chicagoland, that would be unheard of! A sure thing for busted pipes.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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LADYJAJA 8/3/2014 2:46PM

  I can totally relate to you on this one, Joy, since my DS and I have just finished laminate flooring throughout the house. I had to paint a couple of rooms real quick before he arrived to install the borders and it was a rush job in a couple of rooms that required at least two coats of paint. I know how you must be feeling, but isn't it great to look at what you've accomplished?? I noticed the flow of your laundry area while admiring the sink (how I'd love one of those in my laundry room!). Great job! emoticon

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WESTERNSAGE 8/2/2014 1:00PM

    What a great result you have achieved. I don't know what you do for a living, but it appears you could do well in this remodeling small spaces business!

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GABY1948 8/2/2014 12:54PM

    And PLEASED you should be! I have waited for this blog and the wait was WORTH every minute of it! It's GORGEOUS!

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    Woot! Woot! Awesome!!

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CAPONE22 8/2/2014 9:25AM

    Super project!

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MOSTMOM1 8/2/2014 8:18AM

    You two did such a great job!! And wow, you're on a roll, might as well keep going, right? It's kind of good to know that even you get tired. Wasn't sure if that was possible.
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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2014 2:48AM

    i SHOULD THINK YOU ARE TIRED!!!! emoticon emoticon it looks amazing.

So much better and an efficient use of space........I approve emoticon emoticon

Have a great weekend emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 8/2/2014 1:58AM

    A vast improvement and much easier to use now.

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_JODI404 8/1/2014 10:51PM

    The laundry area looks great!!! I really like the flow from this layout. Very convenient!

I DID forget your car goes in here too! How awesome for your son to suggest that you keep working further! The white walls really make an incredible difference!

Enjoy your quality time with DS!

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    You are amazing. Get some should be tired you and your son have done an amazing job.

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RAINBOWMF 8/1/2014 7:28PM

    Lovely you both did an awesome job.


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RAPUNZEL53 8/1/2014 6:49PM

  Looks Great!

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LUCYCAN7 8/1/2014 6:37PM

  Great remodeling job Joy.It is always so nice to hear when someone gets to
enjoy quality time with aloved one.I love to sew and do crafts also!!!!Hope you
will enjoy all of your hard work and get some rest.So glad I got to visit and you
shared your pictures. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 8/1/2014 6:24PM

    I believe you are tired, but in general you seem tireless! A great remodel and a great son! One thing I've never had is a good folding area. Your arrangement is really nice. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/1/2014 6:09PM

    Hi Joy.
Such a quality time with dear Son ..and such a lovely remodelling job of your laundry area ..
You are both so clever .. It's a joy to see your pictures ..
Love and Hugs Susie . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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